Description from Flora of China
Lindera cavaleriei H. Léveillé, Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 371. 1912; Alseodaphne omeiensis Gamble; Machilus dunniana H. Léveillé; M. mairei H. Léveillé; Nothaphoebe duclouxii Lecomte; N. omeiensis (Gamble) Chun; Persea cavaleriei (H. Léveillé) Kostermans; Phoebe dunniana (H. Léveillé) Kostermans; P. tenuirhachis R. H. Miao.
Trees, 3-7(-12) m tall. Old branchlets subterete, glabrous, yellow-brown when dry, densely oblong-lenticellate; young branchlets ± angled, subglabrous. Leaves alternate, clustered at apex of branchlet; petiole 1.5-2 cm, sulcate adaxially, glabrous; leaf blade green-white abaxially, dark green adaxially, oblanceolate or obovate-lanceolate, 10-18 × 2.5-5 cm, leathery, finely pubescent abaxially, hairs only visible under lens, glabrous adaxially, midrib very elevated abaxially, impressed adaxially, lateral veins 8-12 pairs, very elevated abaxially, plane adaxially, transverse veins and veinlets ± conspicuous on both surfaces, base cuneate, apex shortly acuminate. Cymose panicle axillary, 9-16 cm, lax, branched, terminal branchlet bearing a 2- or 3-flowered cyme; peduncle (2.5-)6-8 cm, peduncle and rachis subglabrous; bracteoles minute, linear, ca. 1 mm. Pedicels 3-5 mm. Flowers yellowish or yellow-white, ca. 3 mm. Perianth tube short; perianth lobes 6, broadly ovate, inner 3 larger, ca. 3 × 1.6 mm, outer 3 as long as ca. 1/2 of inner ones, all sparsely pubescent outside and densely villous at middle inside. Fertile stamens 9; filaments sparsely villous, those of 3rd whorl each with 2 shortly stalked orbicular-reniform glands near base, others glandless; anthers 4-celled, cells of 1st and 2nd whorls introrse but those of 3rd whorl extrorse. Staminodes 3, triangular-cordate. Ovary ovoid; style slender; stigma capitate. Fruit globose, 1.2-1.4 cm in diam., glabrous, with persistent unequal perianth lobes at base. Fl. May-Jul, fr. Aug-Sep.
● Always growing in evergreen broad-leaved forests or sparse forests; 900-1700 m. Guizhou, Sichuan, NE Yunnan.